Sunday, 15 February 2009

Along the Firth of Forth

On our first of a few days in Scotland, we headed out to the beach at Gullane on an unseasonally mild February day. This was about kids, sand and rockpools rather than birds, but along the Firth of Forth you are never far away from them. As we walked down to the beach the sea buckthorn was still covered in berries, now well past their best, but 15 or so Fieldfares were still finding enough to eat. A line of 25 Pink-footed Geese headed north high overhead, calling, purposefully towards the eastern end of the Fife peninsula. Offshore, a few scattered groups of Common Eider were dotted about, and among them the occasional Shag and a drake Velvet Scoter - my first of the year.

West of Aberlady a party of eight Greylags flew in, and along the shore towards Longniddry were scattered groups of Pink-footed Geese along the shore as the tide came in. There were none of yesterday's Waxwings at Prestonpans, and no real time for photography either - but here are a couple of grab shots of commoner species, Oystercatcher and Common Eider.


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